March 9, 1996 - "Wonderwall" by Oasis peaked at No.8 on the US Hot 100 singles chart. It was written by the band's guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher for their second studio album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Wonderwall topped the chart in Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. It reached the top ten on another ten charts, including Canada and the U.S. at number 5 and 8, respectively, as well as number two on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. The single was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the RIAA.
Noel Gallagher told NME in 1996, that "Wonderwall" was written for his then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews. However, after Gallagher divorced Mathews in 2001, he said the song was not about her: The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it, and how do you tell your Mrs it's not about her once she's read it is? (sic) It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself.
The song was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, during a two-week recording of the Morning Glory album in May 1995. Owen Morris produced the song in a half-day along with Noel Gallagher using a technique known as "brickwalling" to intensify the sound of the song.
Liam Gallagher served as lead singer on Wonderwall after Noel had given him a choice between Wonderwall or another single from the album, Don't Look Back in Anger.
The video to the song was filmed by director Nigel Dick with his regular collaborator DOP Ali Asad in the relatively brief period when bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan quit the band due to nervous exhaustion; Scott McLeod came in to replace him. The song won Best British Video at the 1996 Brit Awards.
The sleeve artwork was inspired by the paintings of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, and was shot on Primrose Hill in north London. The hand holding the frame is that of art director Brian Cannon. The original idea was to have Liam in the frame before Noel vetoed that idea whilst the shoot was taking place. Instead a female figure was deemed necessary and Anita Heryet, a Creation Records employee, was asked to stand in as cover star for the shot.